Tokyo 2020

Tokyo 2020

On 7 September 2013, outgoing International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge declared "The Games of the 32nd Olympiad in 2020 are awarded to the city of... Tokyo!" The IOC decision in Buenos Aires, Argentina sees the Games return to Japan’s capital Tokyo over half a century after hosting the Games in 1964.

Needing a majority of 48 votes to win, Tokyo rocketed ahead of Candidate Cities Istanbul and Madrid in the opening round of voting with 42 votes, compared with 26 to both Istanbul and Madrid. In an elimination tiebreak between Madrid and Istanbul - embarking on their third and fifth bids respectively - the Spanish capital was eliminated by four votes. This left Tokyo - the third placegetter in the 2016 race - and Turkey’s Istanbul in the final round of voting. Tokyo secured 60 votes to win the 2020 Olympic Games in a bid that was described as the best technical bid.

Tokyo promises to be a very compact Games. The majority of venues will be within an 8km radius of an Athletes’ Village with spectacular city views. Using the legacy of the 1964 Games, some of these venues will be refurbished for the 2020 Games. Of the 33 total venues, 11 will be newly built. A new national stadium will be built for the 2019 Rugby World Cup on the site of the stadium for the 1964 Games. The new arena will host the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, as well as athletics. Explore the venues here >>

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